Using Instagram to Curate the Events Before the Paris Terrorist Attacks

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Curation done by Hugo Passarello Luna. Used with permission.

The recent Paris Terrorist attacks were extremely tragic–and as a journalist, Hugo Passarello Luna has tried to make sense of the events that happened previously by piecing them together via Instagram.

“I have looked for the last images posted on Instagram of the places that were attacked before the tragedy took place.” says Hugo in an email to the Phoblographer. He’s essentially trying to “stop time” using the Instagram timeline and see what those places meant to people, before they became a place of mourning.

Hugo’s analysis explores different ways and angles to tell the story of the events that happened in the area before tragedy struck.

“One week after the Paris attacks of November 13th, I posted a photo on Instagram of Le Carillon, one of the places targeted by the terrorists.” says Hugo. “In the posted image I added the location and using that option I clicked to see what others photos had been posted of the same place. Unsurprisingly, there were already many images and mostly similar: flowers on the sidewalk, candles and people lighting candles, people mourning, some French flags, letters, portraits of the victims. You scroll down and the photos repeat themselves hundreds of times. Until they do not.”

Hugo’s project is after the jump.

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